What is Grow Space?
Grow Space works to create welcoming, inclusive and regenerative neighbourhoods in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa. A social enterprise on a mission to catalyse local aspirations for social and physical infrastructure through neighbourhood food systems.
Our intention is to build on existing skills and strengths by training and educating people in regenerative urban food systems. We do this in order to assist local people at risk of food insecurity to develop the essential knowledge, tools and confidence to be able to contribute to improved local food resilience while strengthening socio-economic and environmental outcomes for individuals, their whānau and communities.
At this stage, Grow Space runs two Initiatives:
Morningside Urban Market Garden (MUMG)
A collaboration of six organisations, including Belong Aotearoa, Catalyse, Crave Cafe, Kind Cafe, New Zealand Red Cross, and Kai Collective to teach, learn and grow produce with migrant and refugee background women in an enterprise model that supplies hyper-local food to local cafes. Located across several sites in Morningside, Auckland.
Morningside Urban Compost Kitchen (MUCK)
Our newest collaboration, MUCK is working alongside regenerative practitioners in the neighbourhood to develop a neighbourhood scale compost hub. Recycling nutrients locally in a social enterprise, offering a neighbourhood composting service which provides local businesses and residents with a solution to transform their organic resources into living compost to support community growing initiatives.
Morningside Urban Market Garden
Morningside Urban Market Garden is a community enterprise that teaches and shares skills as it grows produce for market. Currently operating across two sites in urban Tāmaki Makaurau, MUMG supplies a number local cafes and an organic grocer, all within a kilometre of the garden.
Since November 2018, MUMG has been prototyping infrastructure, systems and curriculum using organic growing practices. Raised beds in upcycled apple crates, a tunnel house, propagation, watering and composting systems are now established and are used to supply local demand as migrant and refugee background women are supported to learn about the business of urban market gardening.
MUMG runs a two year programme of learning and mentoring. The intention is for the first cohort of women to learn for a full calendar year. They will then mentor a second cohort before taking their skills into their own enterprises. The second cohort will mentor the third, and so on.
The women are encouraged to start their own enterprises before they leave the programme and produce from these gardens can be sold into the market MUMG has secured. The women also have the opportunity to work in the garden in paid roles.
MUMG’s aims are to:
- Grow business and market gardening skills among migrant and refugee background women with little or no formal education
- Supply hyper-local organic produce to local cafes and businesses
- Generate profits that are invested back into the enterprise
- Support the development of purposeful social connections among the women involved, tutors and customers
- Contribute to innovative development of local public spaces
MUMG has been supported by a wide range of individuals, groups and organisations in a range of ways. Investment has been provided by All Good Ventures, Kind and Crave cafes, Positive Women Inc. and Ghella Abergeldie JV. Donated goods from Bunnings Grey Lynn, Gardens for Health, and a small team of local community members have also contributed to the establishment of MUMG. Land has been provided at no cost by Eden Park Trust and Gribblehirst Community Hub.
MUMG has also partnered with a number of businesses including Husk, Mainfreight, Bailys Tanks and Plastics, Auckland Rugby Academy and Auckland Central Shed for specific projects and is ably supported by a group of regular volunteers.
THE GROW CARTEL
Create your very own bountiful backyard garden, with a monthly subscription of organic seedlings delivered to your door. Let our urban farmers do the planning for you, the right seedlings, at the right time, with a handy guide full of tips and tricks to help you on the road to success.
Choose from our range of subscription options lovingly grown in the neighbourhood by the team at Morningside Urban Market Garden, and delivered to you with care. Each subscription will contain 6 varieties of organic edible, and beneficial seedlings
Joining the Cartel
- Choose the subscription which is right for you.
- Subscribe + pay through our shop
- Your subscription will begin two weeks following confirmation of your order.
- Your organic seedlings are delivered, or made available for pick up from neighbourhood collection points on the last Friday of the month.
(Delivery fee may apply outside of Morningside area)
MUMG Eden Park
Generously supported by Eden Park Trust, Watercare and Ghella Abergeldie JV, our Eden Park site is built on part of the car park. This not only uses underutilised public space in innovative ways, it also complements efforts by Park staff to incorporate more sustainable practices such as composting and bee keeping.
Hosting 30 apple crate gardens and a small tunnelhouse, this is our primary prototype site. Here we are testing the efficiency of wicking beds, different soil profiles, planting density, a range of crops and harvesting systems.
MUMG The Commons
Located on The Commons at Gribblehirst Community Hub, this site is generously supported by the Hub Trust Board and members. Our Gribblehirst site includes a range of other organsations and projects who, working together, are transforming a former lawn bowling club into a community-led precinct. This collective effort aims to grow an inclusive place within the community for getting together to make, create, share skills, repair, recycle, upcycle and hatch ideas.
Here, MUMG has 20 apple crate gardens, rainwater harvesting and composting systems as well as the beginnings of a outdoor kitchen. Initial efforts on this site have focused on creating gathering and social spaces as much as on production. Our work includes growing orchard trees in large boxes, kitchen garden ingredients and a village avocado tree for shade and sharing.
You are welcome to visit and enjoy MUMG respectfully at any time. Growers will be there several times each week. Best times to talk with you are on Monday mornings.
Please be aware that the sites are a work in progress and there may be health and safety hazards.
Morningside Urban Compost Kitchen
Recycling nutrients locally !
Our newest collaboration, Morningside Urban Compost Kitchen (MUCK) is working alongside Eden Park, and local regenerative practitioners to develop a neighbourhood scale compost hub. A social enterprise which provides a local solution to the amount of food waste going to landfill. Transforming organic resources from local residents and businesses, in the neighbourhood into living compost to support community growing initiatives.
MUCK offers a neighbourhood drop off service, (collection service coming soon!) to local residents and businesses in the fringe neighbourhood who are not able to compost and turns our resources into beautiful compost to grow more local kai. MUCK also supports the development of local knowledge and practical skills in the art of composting and strengthen the awareness of the value of composting as a way to further grow social and physical infrastructure within the neighbourhood.
How it works
To get started, register your interest, and share some details with us on our sign up form
During the week, start collecting your household food scraps. We recommend a sealable bucket or tupperware that fits in your kitchen and can be easily carried to the hub. Let us know if we can help with this. Most food scraps and household compostables are accepted, but there are a few exceptions. See our full list of accepted items here.
Walk, Bike or Skate to the hub
When your kitchen bucket is full, make your way to the hub! We encourage people to make their way using bike, skateboards, scooters, walking or even public transport.
The hub or drop off point should be close enough to not need to drive.
Once at the hub, use the pin code to unlock the padlock on the bin. Place your food scraps into the bin, close, and lock the bin again.
We’ll take care of recycling all that food scrappy goodness into amazing living soil. So just keep the cycle going!
Keep up to date with events at Grow Space here.
MUMG The Commons :
5 Cabbage Tree Swamp Drive, Morningside Auckland 1025
MUMG Eden Park:
Eden Park Gate L, Sandringham Road, Morningside, Auckland 1024
MUCK Eden Park:
Eden Park Gate C, Walters Road, Morningside, Auckland 1024